Diving Courses

All the theory and practical elements of our diving courses are run and taught by our own BSAC-qualified instructors. All courses now cover the use of Nitrox and include the cost of credit card-style qualification cards from BSAC.

Pool training

Ocean Diver Course

This is BSAC's entry-level diving course. It qualifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 20 metres and to dive with another Ocean Diver as a buddy. It also qualifies you to dive using Nitrox 32 or Nitrox 36 using air tables or a computer set to air.

The course consists of:

  • 7 classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment (multiple-choice test)
  • a basic swimming assessment
  • 5 lessons in sheltered water (usually in a swimming pool)
  • 5 lessons in open water (in the sea!)

Students need to provide their own mask, fins and snorkel for this course; the club provides all other equipment.

Sports Diver Course

This is BSAC's second-level diving course. It qualifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 35 metres. It also qualifies you to dive using any Nitrox mix up to 40% using nitrox tables or nitrox computers and including planned decompression stops.

The course consists of:

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  • 6 classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment (multiple-choice test)
  • a dry practical session (assistant dive manager)
  • 1 lesson in sheltered water
  • 5 lessons in open water
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Ocean Divers qualified pre-2007, and divers crossing over to BSAC, will also need to cover some modules from the current Ocean Diver course and the Ocean Diver Nitrox Workshop. Students on the course will also pay the regular costs of diving for any open water lessons, for the hire of any diving equipment they need, and any other incidental charges, e.g. if we have to pay for the use of a swimming pool.

Dive Leader Course

Minimum entry level: BSAC Sports Diver or equivalent (e.g. PADI Rescue Diver)

This is BSAC's third-level diving course. It qualifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 50 metres and to plan and manage branch diving trips to known dive sites. The course includes the Oxygen Administration course.

The course consists of:

  • 12 classroom lessons (see note below)
  • a theory assessment (multiple-choice test)
  • 2 dry practical sessions (Dive Managing)
  • 1 lesson in sheltered water
  • 7 lessons in open water
  • 20 logged dives since qualifying as a Sports Diver

Sports Divers qualified pre-2007, and divers crossing over to BSAC, will also need to cover some modules from the current Sports Diver course and the Sports Diver Nitrox Workshop. Students on the course will also pay the regular costs of diving for any open water lessons and for the hire of any diving equipment they need.

Note: Six of the Dive Leader theory lessons cover oxygen administration. Students who have already completed the separate Oxygen Administration Course will be exempt from these lessons.

Advanced Diver Course

Minimum entry level: BSAC Dive Leader or equivalent (e.g. PADI Dive Master)

This is BSAC's fourth-level diving course. It qualifies you to dive to a maximum depth of 50 metres and to plan and manage branch diving trips to unknown dive sites.

The course consists of:

  • 4 classroom lessons
  • a theory assessment
  • 1 dry practical sessions (Expedition Planning Managing)
  • 2 lessons in open water
  • 20 logged dives since qualifying as a Dive Leader

Some additional modules will be required for Dive Leaders qualified pre 2007 and for divers crossing over to BSAC. Students on the course will also pay the regular costs of diving for any open water lessons and any other incidental charges.

Ocean Diver Nitrox Workshop

This workshop covers the new Nitrox content of the 2007 BSAC Ocean Diver course. Ocean Divers qualified on the pre-2007 syllabus may attend this workshop and gain a BSAC Nitrox Diver qualification. They must attend this workshhop if they wish to proceed to Sports Diver. The same applies to pre-2007 Sports Divers wishing to take the 2007 Dive Leader course.

The course is entirely theory-based with a test to follow. Club members can download the student notes and other resources from the members' section of this site.

This qualifies Ocean Divers to dive with the two standard mixes of Nitrox 32 or Nitrox 36 using air tables or an air computer hence benefiting from an increased safety margin. It is worth adding a note of caution here. Ocean Divers are only qualified to dive to 20 metres. However, while it is often tempting to exceed this limit on holiday dives, it is most important that the depth limit is *not* exceeded while breathing Nitrox. The use of Nitrox at greater depths is potentially hazardous; such use is not covered until the Sports Diver course.

This course is easily combined with the Sports Diver Nitrox Workshop in one day.

Sports Diver Nitrox Workshop

This workshop covers the new nitrox content of the 2007 BSAC Sports Diver course. Sports Divers qualified on the pre-2007 syllabus may attend this workshop (after first taking the Ocean Diver Nitrox Workshop) and gain a BSAC Nitrox Diver qualification. The must attend both these workshops if they wish to proceed to Dive Leader.

The course is entirely theory-based with a test to follow. Club members can download the student notes and other resources from the members' section of this site.

This qualifies Sports Divers to conduct planned decompression dives with a single Nitrox mix up to 40% using Nitrox tables or a Nitrox computer. To progress further students should attend an advanced Nitrox skills development course.